While the Trump administration is trying to tamp down the politicization of social media from official government accounts, a National Park account defied the order with three tweets seemingly in support of the climate warming cause:
Tweets from the @BadlandsNPS account. Image Source: Twitter.
The tweets were deleted hours later after the press began reporting on what appeared to be a defiant expression against the newly inaugurated President Trump. Earlier today it was reported that Trump had ordered the Agriculture Department to cease all social media releases to the public, as well as other material. And just a few days ago the administration ordered the Interior Department to shut down all social media after they retweeted a message about the size of Trump's inauguration.
Critics of Trump took to social media to decry the deletion of the tweets:
...and all the @BadlandsNPS tweets were just deleted. Yep, totally normal. Folks, basic science has become a political threat. NOT OK— Eric Holthaus (@Eric Holthaus) 1485297678.0
The gov't censored @BadlandsNPS for stating scientific #ClimateChange facts. Here they are. Keep RTing them.… https://t.co/9G9DNqKuk3— Leah Angstman (@Leah Angstman) 1485297307.0
I left Twitter for 4 hrs and: -@BadlandsNPS became a hero - @badlandsNPS became a martyr - people made the Badasslands joke 536,000 times.— Ed Yong (@Ed Yong) 1485297907.0
A human being deleted the @BadlandsNPS climate change tweets. I hope they reconsider who they want to help & why over the next years.— Josh Cook (@Josh Cook) 1485297900.0
There are 4 million federal employees, give or take. @BadlandsNPS was just the beginning.— SuperGrover (@SuperGrover) 1485297890.0
Recently a Saturday Night Live writer was suspended for making an irresponsible joke about Barron Trump on social media. She later apologized.